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Hip Surgery

Pain in the hip may involve injury to muscles, tendons or bursae (small fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints). Common hip problems include:


The most common cause of the breakdown of hip tissue. There are three kinds of arthritis that commonly affect the hip – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Traumatic arthritis.

Avascular necrosis

The loss of bone caused by insufficient blood supply, injury and bone tumors and may lead to breakdown of the hip joint.


The bursa, a closed fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body, becomes inflamed. The two major bursae of the hip are trochanteric bursa and ischial bursa. They are both associated with stiffness and pain around the hip

Hip pointer

A bruise or tear in the muscle that connects to the top of the ilium (the crest of the pelvis, just below the waist). Causes of a hip pointer may include a blow, a fall or a quick twist or turn of the body.

Whenever possible, our orthopedics team will treat hip pain with conservative treatments such as:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Steroid or cortisone injection
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Joint Replacement

If initial treatment methods do not provide relief, and X-rays show destruction of the joint, an orthopedic surgeon may discuss surgery options with you. Gundersen has orthopedic surgeons specially trained in total hip replacement and other state-of-the-art surgical options.

You may need hip replacement surgery suffered severe injuries or have developed chronic diseases such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis from previous surgeries or injuries

Knees or hips causing you pain?

Do you suffer from knee or hip pain but have not reached out to an orthopedic specialist yet? If so, you're encouraged to use Gundersen Health System's new Knee and Hip Pain Self-Care App. This free six-week program is designed to help people manage and improve their joint pain symptoms on their own.

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